Zinke criticized for Wild-West mentality over oil and gas

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke, in his defense of a strategy of energy dominance, is out of step with the will of the people, his critics said.

Zinke testified before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee to explain a 2019 budget request for $11.8 billion. Of that, $792 million was requested for energy-related programs, with about half of that targeting the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf.

A five-year lease program proposed by the federal government, and opened for public comment, called for 19 lease sales offshore Alaska, seven in the Pacific Region, 12 in the Gulf of Mexico and nine in the Atlantic…


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